Safe Routes to School: Practice and Promise describes what local SRTS programs are, why they are needed, how to measure success, and from whom others can learn. The publication is designed to provide enough information about SRTS programs so those in decision-making positions will be able to determine how to allocate scarce resources and to assure positive outcomes from SRTS efforts. It delves into the history of SRTS, considers risks and benefits, offers examples, and lists supportive agencies and organizations.
NHTSA teamed up with the Marin County Bicycle Coalition's Safe Routes to School project to produce an 88-page toolkit for use by educators and others to promote walking and biking to school that includes sections on mapping the routes to school, activities and outreach, and classroom lessons. The toolkit also includes sample Safe Routes to School forms, press releases, posters, and other resources.
The New Jersey Department of Transportation’s (NJDOT) Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program is the culmination of a series of planning and developmental activities resulting in a comprehensive program to assist New Jersey communities in developing and implementing projects that encourage safe walking and bicycling to school. This series of planning and development occurred in three stages with major accomplishments along the way.
Rundlett Middle School and Conant Elementary School are one-quarter mile from each other in Concord, NH. A joint Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program was necessary because the schools are in a suburban area where nearby residents can walk to school. Rundlett is the only middle school in the district, and as a result, many of its 1,700 students have to ride the bus because they live too far to walk or bicycle.
Partnerships throughout the community enabled McCook Elementary School to develop a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program that led to a 15 percent increase in students who walk or bicycle to school. Cooperation also provided students with a comprehensive message of nutrition, health and exercise that can be sustained over time.
In spring 2007, Holdrege Public Schools in Holdrege, NE, applied for and received two federal Safe Routes to School (SRTS) grants through the Nebraska Department of Roads’ Safe Routes Nebraska program — one $167,883 infrastructure grant and one $19,603 non-infrastructure grant. With these funds, four elementary schools and the city’s middle school will benefit from a variety of infrastructure and non-infrastructure improvements.